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Jack Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was the youngest of three children, but his older brother died of rheumatic fever at the age of nine.
When Kerouac was six years old, two years after his brother had died, he gave his first Sacrament of Confession. He’s says that during the meditation, he heard God tell him that he had a good soul, and that although he would die in pain and horror, he would be saved.
Kerouac went to college in New York at the Columbia University. He dropped out early on after realizing that his football career dream wasn’t going to work, and lived with his girlfriend, Edie Parker.
In 1942, Kerouac joined the Merchant Marine. The next year, he switched to the Navy, but served only eight days of active duty before becoming sick and admitted to the hospital. After a couple days, he was diagnosed with schizoid personality.
During Kerouac’s time in the Merchant Marine, he wrote his first book, ‘The Sea is my Brother’. It was not published until 2011, about 42 years after Jack Kerouac died.
Jack Kerouac became a well-known writer after his time in the Marine and Navy. He wrote famous books such as ‘On the Road’ and ‘The Dharma Burns’.
Jack Kerouac died on October 21, 1969 at the age of 47, cause of liver cirrhosis.
A lot of quotes from Kerouac resonate with our traveling lifestyle.
“The road is life.”
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“I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.”
“Houses are full of things that gather dust.”
“Because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go except everywhere, he kept rolling under the stars.”
“What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take?”
“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”